Meet our Staff of Certified Naturalists

Pacific Whale Foundation is proud to introduce you to the Certified Marine Naturalists, Biologists and U.S. Coast Guard certified Captains who staff our vessels. Our staff are known for their enthusiastic commitment to ensuring you have a safe, enjoyable, fun and educational ocean cruise with us.

Blake Moore, Vessel Staff Director

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, TN
Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphasis in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. Commercial Diver from Divers Academy of the Eastern Seaboard
Experience: Commercial Diving experience along the East Coast and Southeast U.S. Over 10 years with Pacific Whale Foundation as an educator and Staff Coach.
Interests: Travelling, hiking, diving, snorkling, building things, challenges of any sort

Morgan M. Smith, Naturalist, Vessel Staff Manager, Ocean Odyssey

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Education: Bachelors in Biology University of Colorado, Masters in Marine Biology Florida Atlantic University, Certified Interpretive Guide through NAI
Experience: Field work on bugs and birds in Colorado and Costa Rica, Field Technician for the Hawksbill Turtle Monitoring Program, Volcanoes National Park, Science Teacher in the Florida Keys, Teaching Assistant Florida Atlantic University, Turtle Tech, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, FL, Primate Zoo Keeper at the palm Beach Zoo, FL
Interests: Turtles, animal behavior, diving, snorkeling, hiking, eating, traveling and friends

Josh Wittmer, Naturalist, Maalaea Programs Coordinator

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with emphasis in Marine Scence from Allegheny College with Off Campus Study at the Duke University Marine Lab and the Bermuda BIOStation
Experience: State of Hawaii DLNR DAR Research Diver, PADI Divemaster, Maui Ocean Center Curatorial Diver, Science Instructor at Seacamp/NHMI in the Florida Keys, REEF Intern, Americorps Watershed
Interests: Hiking, photography, surfing, travel, relaxation, horticulture, cephalopods, stomatopods, and fish

Anna Garner, Naturalist, Staff Coordinator

Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Education: B.A. Environmental Science Willamette University
Experience: Sailing in Alaska, Coral research in the Caribbean, LOTS of whale watching
Interests: Diving, hiking, rock climbing, nerd stuff, celestial navigation, knife throwing

Mary Ichniowski, Naturalist

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Education: BA in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies
Experience: Program Director for CIMI Tallship Expeditions, Marine Science Director and Program Director for Sail Caribbean
Interests: Camping, hiking, freshwater, zee SCUBA, blue ribbon award winning microbrews, swimming

Tori Knoss, Naturalist

Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Education: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and a Bachelors of Art in Environmental Studies from Green Moutain College in Vermont
Experience: Environmental Education intern at Stellwagen Bank National Maine Sanctuary and Educator at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Interests: Hiking, biking, animals, tinder,sleeping, and travel

Josh Galvan, Naturalist

Hometown: Redlands, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Economics with emphasis in Conservation Biology
Experience: NAUI Dive Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, Catalina Island, CA, Research. Intern at the Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Recovery Program, Big Sur, CA. Interpreter at Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA. Naturalist and Outdoor Educator at San Mateo Outdoor Education, La Honda, CA
Interests: Diving, surfing, family, and Catan

Dana Kallhoff, Naturalist

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Education: BA in Biological Anthropology - University of Colorado, Boulder
Experience: University of Colorado teaching assistant, Denver Zoo intern, Primary animal caregiver for Pacific Primate Sanctuary, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, monk seal nerd
Interests: Animal behavior, travel, art, tattoos, exploring, outdoor adventures and exercise, playing in the water

Ben Campbell, Naturalist

Hometown: Salem, OR
Education: B.S. Biology with emphasis on marine biology and a minor in chemistry from Oregon State University
Experience: Research assistant with OSU branch of PISCO studying intertidal areas in Oregon and California. Field assistant for NOAA fisheries studying juvenile salmon mortality in the Columbia river. Marine science instructor at Catalina Island marine istitute. Naui dive master
Interests: Water, diving, snorkeling, fish, camping, making awesome food, eating awesome food, going to the movies

Laura Lundby, Naturalist

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Education: B.S. Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University
Experience: Wildlife/Fisheries/Range Technician Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks. Peace Corps Volunteer, Thailand. Mammal Keeper, San Diego WIld Animal Park. Fisheries Technician and firefighter US Forest Service, MT. Sign Illustrator, San Diego Zoo.
Interests: Surfing, hiking, drawing/painting, being blown away by nature, camping, going out to breakfast and costume parties

Mike Donohoe, Naturalist

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Education: B.A. Zoology - Miami University
Experience: Character Ambassador Columbus Zoo, Swim Coach, Turtle Conservation in DC, Turtle Hospital in South GA, SeaCamp in Florida Keys
Interests: Swimming, freediving, bodysurfing, water falls, sunsets, beers, partner dancing

Jackson Dowd, Naturalist

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Education: B.A. Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College
Experience: Instructor at Catalina Island Marine Institute and CIMI tallship Expeditions. Field Instructor at Second Nature Blue Ridge. Field Guide for Coastal Kayak Eco-touring Co.
Interests: Diving, chess/go, sci-fi geek things, mopeds, cycling, cooking, hiking/backpacking, climbing, surfing

Alyssa Moser, Naturalist

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis on Environmental Science, Spanish and Education from the University of Arizona
Experience: Instructor/ Deckhand/ Assistant Program Director for CIMI Tall Ship Expeditions aboard the Tole Mour. Intern with the University of Arizona for Community Gardens with the Tucson Unified School District.
Interests: Ultimate frisbee, adventures, eating, snorkeling, sharks, camping, NPR, dinosaurs, tricking kids into learning, coffee, sailing

Katelyn Hermen, Naturalist

Hometown: Newnan, GA
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology w/ a Marine Science emphasis from the University of Georgia
Experience: Intern with the Georgia Dolphin Ecology Program, Research Assistant at UGA, Lead Naturalist at Alaska Travel Adventures
Interests: Traveling, scuba diving, reading, hiking, attempting to surf, running, and, most importantly, charades.

Nate Formel, Naturalist

Hometown: Guaynabo, PR
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology w/ a Concentration in Marine Biology from Northeastern University, Master of Science in Marine Affairs and Policy from University of Miami
Experience: East-West/Three Seas Marine Biology Program at Northeastern University, Professional Intern at Disney World's Living Seas Aquarium, NAUI Dive Instructor, Marine Science Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, Everglades Freshwater Research Tech with Florida International University, Sail and Marine Science Instructor w/ Sail Caribbean, Coral research assistant at the Rosenstiel School, Coral survey diver with the Living Oceans Foundation
Interests: Diving, underwater photography, surfing, assorted boardgames, adventuring and exploring, the ocean

Brian Totman, Naturalist

Hometown: Mission Viejo Ca
Education: BS Biology, Long Beach State MA Secondary education, UC Irvine
Experience: US Peace Corps Namibia, taught math and science Dubai UAE, taught science at a private school
Interests: Surfing, hiking, traveling, and all things bacon

Callen Miracle

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Jonathan Bader

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Stephanie McLaughlin

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Kevin Semonsen

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Brian Jacques, Naturalist

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Education: BS Biology, Sonoma State University, CA
Experience: Research Assistant at SSU Ecology,Naturalist at Safari West, African Wildlife Preserve in Northern California. Research Intern at PWf
Interests: Scuba diving, free diving, snowboarding, surfing, and baseball

Phoebe Wallace, Naturalist

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Education: B.S in Biology with an Emphasis in Ecology, Boise State University
Experience: Research assistant at Refuge Romelia on the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica primarily collecting data for nesting Olive Ridley sea turtles and their hatchlings as well as reforestation, mammal monitoring, volunteer management and environmental education.
Interests: Adventuring, exploring, traveling, and enjoying wildlife!

Courtney Cox, Naturalist

Hometown: Eagan, MN
Education: B.S. In Marine Science (Biology) with a minor in Psychology from Eckerd College
Experience: Eckerd College Dolphin Project Lead Researcher and Boat Operator, Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization Research Assistant, Eckerd College Recreational Programs: Wakeboarding Driver and Supervisor, NOAA Dolphin SMART Evaluator, Mote Marine Lab Dolphin and Whale Hospital, Senior Thesis on the Behavioral Ecology of Calf and Juvenile Bottlenose Dolphins within Boca Ciega Bay, FL
Interests: Swimming, scuba diving, all things ocean related, photography, working with kids, exploring, adventuring, and loving dolphins!

Tyler Hubbell, Naturalist

Hometown: Grover Beach, CA
Education: B.S. Marine Biology, B.A. Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Cruz
Experience: California State Parks Lifeguard, SC Regional team manager for start up environmental educartion non-profit Sprout Up, programs and operations associate for Oceanseed Project designing and teaching marine science to juvenile delinquents, docent tour guide at seymour marine discovery center. Scientific Scuba certified.
Interests: Surfing, skateboarding, hiking, backpacking, photography, scuba, free diving, snowboarding, sky diving, bird watching, and stargazing

Tristen See, Purser

Hometown: Clinton, MO
Education: BS Biomedical Science, UCMO. MA Science Education, UCMO
Experience: Truck driver for ice company, shaved ice stand owner, high school science teacher Warsaw H.S., Warsaw, MO. Earned Unified Science Certificate, PLATO Coordinator, Common Core and Data Team
Interests: Anything outdoors, especially float trips and particularly when combined with spelunking

George Allen, Purser

Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Education: Current student at University of Hawaii
Experience: Radio Engineer work, Indonesian Furniture Sales, Camp Counseling, Aid work in Nicaragua.
Interests: Hiking, traveling, cliff jumping, camping, sky diving, church, reading, dining, diving, and snorkeling

Ginny Talbot, Purser

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Education: B.A. Linguistics, University of Michigan
Experience: Organic farming in Hawaii and Europe, camp counseling, lots of tutoring
Interests: Hiking, anything aquatic, books, vegan food, church, traveling, and beer

Mikey Marcotte

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